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assassination

[ uh-sas-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ əˌsæs əˈneɪ ʃən /
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noun

the premeditated act of killing someone suddenly or secretively, especially a prominent person: The meticulous way in which the journalist's assassination was carried out has led to suspicions that his killers were professionals working for state security.
the act of destroying or harming treacherously and viciously: They went after me with everything they had, engaging in character assassination and in destroying my reputation—a complete fabrication and frame-up.

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Origin of assassination

OTHER WORDS FROM assassination

coun·ter·as·sas·si·na·tion, noun
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